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L-Glutamine Article Facts Research

With all the new products with flashy names, like ecdysterone and steroidal ethers, it is easy to understand why some people over look glutamine.

Many people in the industry know that when it comes to sports nutrition and supplementation, glutamine is the most underrated supplement on the market.

L-Glutamine Article Facts Research

The Basics: Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid, representing 60% of the amino acid pool in muscles. Research reveals that the following benefits are associated with glutamine:

  • Increase in Growth Hormone Levels by 430%
  • Prevention of Muscle Breakdown
  • Improved Immune System
  • Decrease in the Risk of Over Training
  • Increase in Protein Synthesis
  • Improved Intestinal Health

Exciting Research: Glutamine has been shown to promote anabolic conditions in muscle cells and increase the rate of protein synthesis. It seems that glutamine indirectly promotes growth by increasing the hydration state of muscle cells. When cells are swollen with water, this inhibits the breakdown of protein, glycogen, and glucose. It also stimulates protein and glycogen synthesis. If a cell is dehydrated, it shrinks and immediately goes into a catabolic state, breaking down the protein in the muscle.

Intense exercise increases the demand for glutamine. Glutamine levels can drop 50% after intense exercise, with glutamine levels staying low for up to six days after the exercise session! This can lead to a state of over training for an athlete. Over training often involves an increase in cortisol, the major inducer of muscle protein breakdown, with a decrease in the levels of anabolic hormones, such as testosterone. This is bad news for athletes. By supplementing with glutamine, glutamine levels will be high, protecting your muscles from breaking down in a catabolic state.

How to Take: The most important times to supplement with glutamine are 30 minutes before your workout and immediately afterwards. Take 5 to 10 grams at these times. Also, to make sure your glutamine levels are continuously high, creating an anabolic condition in the muscles, take an additional 5 to 10 grams upon awaking and right before bedtime.

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